Bike Reviews

2012 Moda Legato Cyclocross Road Bike

2012 moda legato cyclocross road bike   2012 Moda Legato Cyclocross Road Bike

Moda Bikes, a UK based company, has provided the cycling industry with the finest bikes and frames of various riding styles for 2012. For cyclocross riders, its newest product is the Legato. This road bike is stable enough to handle a range of terrains effortlessly.

Making the Legato highly capable of tackling the blows of cyclocross riding is its American Classic wheelset. Comfort and strength are further enhanced by the high-modulus carbon fork that allows the Legato to tackle off-road conditions with excellent performance.

While light in weight, the triple butted 7005 series aluminum frame of the 2012 Moda Legato Cyclocross Road Bike offers amazing strength. The Legato is not available with pedals, so it is recommended that clipless pedals are used, which are common for cyclocross machines.

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2012 SE Bikes Draft Coaster Bike

2012 se bikes draft coaster bike   2012 SE Bikes Draft Coaster Bike

SE Bikes takes pride in its lineup of cool bikes for 2012, which includes its new bike called Draft Coaster. It features the same hi-ten steel Draft frame and fork from the more popular fixed gear models.

What SE Bikes did was take its very famous Draft bike and develop a coater brake version of it. This is not any coaster brake but a first-class Shimano coaster brake. With its traditional coaster brake, riders can enjoy skids and controlled stops.

Aside from the cool riding experience it offers, the 2012 SE Bikes Draft Coaster Bike is also sold at an affordable price. This is an adult-sized bike that allows enjoyable gliding through corners.

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2012 Cube Stereo SL Full Suspension Mountain Bike

2012 cube stereo sl full suspension mountain bike   2012 Cube Stereo SL Full Suspension Mountain Bike

For riders who are looking for a new bike loaded with technical innovations, the new Stereo SL from Cube Bikes for 2012 is just perfect. This 13.1kg full-suspension mountain bike has 140mm of drive-neutral suspension travel, so it is ideal for all-mountain terrains, long distance tours, and Alpine cross rides.

On the rear triangle and rear wheel of the Stereo SL, Cube Bikes has diminished braking and pedaling forces through the combination of FSP 4 Link and Dual Trail Control designs. The FSP 4 Link uses four-pivot chainstay construction while the Dual Trail Control is a four-pivot suspension system.

Built from high performance aluminum, the frame of the 2012 Cube Stereo SL Full Suspension Mountain Bike combines great strength and light weight. Stiffness and responsiveness are enhanced by the triple-butted and hydroformed tubing in order to deliver the best performance possible.

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2012 Blank Icon BMX Bike

2012 blank icon bmx bike   2012 Blank Icon BMX Bike

Brand new for 2012, the Icon BMX bike is reintroduced by Blank Bikes with a new look. All original from Blank is its lightweight 4130 trimoly frame with a 20.75in top tube, Generation 1020 tapered forks, Compound 8in Bars, Compact 55mm front loaded stem, and a Stencil one-piece seat and post combo.

The new Icon has one gear, a nine-tooth cassette, and 25-tooth sprocket chain rings. It comes complete with 25/9 gearing on its three-piece chromoly cranks. All 36-holes are its unsealed alloy 10mm front hub, the 14mm rear hub with semi-sealed cassette hub, and alloy rims.

Like the previous models, the new 2012 Blank Icon BMX Bike still maintains a neat and very striking aesthetics. The two color options are black with blue and white with blue. Other nice features include an anodized 45/45 internal headset, Odyssey Twisted PC pedals, and Innova front and rear tires.

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2012 Stevens Stratos Road Bike

2012 stevens stratos road bike   2012 Stevens Stratos Road Bike

Stevens Bikes has introduced its fastest and sportiest machine to date for 2012. The new Stratos is a state-of-the-art road bike that has an extraordinary electronic gearshift but is still amazingly inexpensive even if the surcharge for the exceptionally lightweight THM front fork is included.

Highlights of the technical aspects of the Stratos include the comfortable and stiff tapered steerer fork, innovative high-end frame, carbon cable guides, and carbon dropouts. The ratio of weight to stiffness is optimized by its highly modular carbon fibers.

Excluding the fork, the carbon frame of the 2012 Stevens Stratos Road Bike weighs in at only 830g. Not only is this carbon frame very lightweight. It is also very comfortable and is one of the best carbon racing framesets in the world in terms of quality and performance.

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2012 Bontrager B2 Light Thermal Base-Layer

2012 bontrager b2 light thermal base layer   2012 Bontrager B2 Light Thermal Base Layer

An ideal cycling garment for cool or unpredictable conditions is the new B2 long-sleeve base-layer released by Bontrager for 2012. This lightweight undershirt is built from a highly breathable, quick-dry thermal knit material that makes it easier to transfer moisture as compared to just a jersey.

Without the unnecessary bulky layering, the close-fitting design and smooth exterior of the B2 Light Thermal BaseLayer provides its user a perfect layering. Moreover, chafing is eliminated, thanks to its flatlock stitching.

Very smooth and soft, the thermal regulating fabric of the 2012 Bontrager B2 Light Thermal Base-Layer fits like a second skin. Maximum comfort is achieved through the quick-drying feel offered by outstanding vapor permeability. This base-layer is ideal for all types of rides.

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2012 Scott Scale 30 Hardtail Mountain Bike

2012 scott scale 30 hardtail mountain bike   2012 Scott Scale 30 Hardtail Mountain Bike

For 2012, Scott Bikes has reintroduced the hardtail mountain bike called Scale 30 with a completely new design. The new bike weighs in at just 10kg and has a first-rate Scale HMF-NET carbon frame that features a SDS shock damping system, IMP3 tech, and a tapered headtube for better front end stiffness.

With the Scale 30, getting to the races with a guaranteed performance of a topnotch machine does not have to be expensive. This mountain bike owes its low cost to its Rock Shox Reba along with its reliable combination of Avid brakes and Shimano drivetrain.

An affordable HMF carbon-fiber machine, the 2012 Scott Scale 30 Hardtail Mountain Bike is ideal for cross-country racers who are on a budget. Aside from its excellent mix of value and performance, this is also one of the few light bikes that is unfailingly stiff.

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